As I said previously, I was reluctant to see a naturopath due to what I thought was going to be an extremely lengthy and, therefore, pricey endeavor. On Thursday, I finally went to a naturopath and, although the price was definitely larger than what my co-pay would be to see a specialist on my insurance, it was worth every dollar! Never before has a physician sat with me for almost 2 hours and went over every detail of my history as well as asked questions that I had never even connected before. For the first time, I feel like there is hope, answers and solutions contrary to what many other physicians helped to make me feel.
As of right now, my naturopath feels pretty confident as to what has started the fall of the dominoes in regards to my digestive tract, fatigue and acne. Her goal is to find the main domino that caused the fall, treat that and then help up any dominoes that have fallen along the way if they don’t get up themselves. She believes that a lot has to do with both the medications I was on as a child for my severe asthma at the time and the BCPs I took for over 8 years. I still have some blood work to get done during a specific part of my cycle. As for now, based on my symptoms and extensive blood work performed by other doctors within this past year, we formulated a plan to try and get the inflammation in my system down. I am going to provide the suggestions she gave to me and our plan of action. Hopefully it would be beneficial to you. However, one thing that she stressed to me was that everyone is UNIQUE; no 2 patients will be treated exactly the same. The only thing that makes me a little bit weary is that treating this could take a while.
Unfortunately, I had some oral surgery this past week and was put on antibiotics so that puts part of the plan on hold. Also, I need more blood work done, but that has to wait until I am in a certain part of my cycle. However, we can still get started so I am very excited.
I will be going through 2 rounds (or 6 weeks) of “Intestinal Repair Complex” 160 grams powder by Biogenesis. You can order it online, but I purchased it from my doctor as it cost the same and she is shipping it to me for free as she was out of stock. My dr. said that normally she has patients only go through one round of this, but since my issues have been extensive for over 6 years, I will definitely need 2. It’s purpose is to assist in the repair and restoration of a normal, healthy gastrointestinal lining. I am to take 1tsp twice daily in between meals. She said I can mix it with any drink that I wish, but recommends water. I will then be on a less intense version of this for probably the good part of a year.
I will be starting an intense round of probiotics with over 225 billion specially balanced strands meant to heal your gut. As I do not have these in my hands yet (they are being shipped to me from my dr.’s office) I do not know the brand name. My body’s response depends on how long I will be on them. I already did a cleanse that had me taking probiotics with 6 billion strands 10 times a day and that was intense so I am a little nervous, but excited to hopefully get healing :)
I am supposed to rub castor oil over my liver (about the entire width of your hand right under the ribs on the right side). The process is: rub the castor oil over your liver, place a cloth over it and place a hot water bottle on it or heating pad for 15 minutes. Do this every day. She says it is a way to gently “push” the liver.
She does not believe that I have an over production of sebum as many dermatologists who quickly glanced at me have stated. While looking at my blood work that I had done this past year by another Dr., my testosterone levels were low. Over production of sebum usually coincides with higher testosterone levels. She then asked me what I was washing my face with as she thinks I may be over drying my face. That was a shock to me as I think I am usually oily. Currently I use cetaphil and neutrogena naturals each once a day. She recommended that for a week, I try washing a small area of my face with Coconut oil and see if I have a breakout with it. If not, she recommends taking a little bit, mixing it with water and washing my face with it (a great make up remover as well!). She also recommended that I take vitamin E and place it on any new zit. In the mean time she is checking all of my hormone levels at the right time in my cycle to get a better understanding.
Finally, I am to stay away from gluten and all dairy. I normally try to stay away from gluten due to my intolerance which I discovered I had awhile ago. However, she believes that I may have a lactose intolerance. She is hoping that my in-tolerances will subside once I have healed my gut, but still recommends that I stay away from all dairy as much as possible even after I am “healed.” Her recommendation is goat and/or vegan cheese but even that minimally.
I will keep you all updated on any progress, downfalls, and any new plans of action. Thanks for the support and hanging in there with me. For those of you struggling right along with me, you are not alone!